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How to fix the agitator on your washer

For kenmore,whirlpool,roper,kitchenaid,estate,inglis,if your agitator will not agitate,remove agitator cap,use a 7/16 socket to remove the bolt,pull top half of agitator out,you will see 4 little gears called dogs,remove them from the agitator,replace with new ones,put everthing back together,your done,you can get parts at your local,appliance parts store-mike

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Whirlpool Duet washer


Many Whirlpool built 'direct drive' washers (including Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, and Inglis) use a 2 piece agitator. There are cogs called 'dogs' or 'dog ears' and a cam between the two halves of the agitator which can wear leading to a clicking/ticking sound and reduced movement of the top agitator section during the wash cycle leading to poor cleaning results. In most cases these worn parts can be replaced without much cost or difficulty.

The top section of the two piece agitator is usually removed by first pulling off the agitator cap then removing the inner cap. Underneath those there is usually a 7/16" bolt which will need to be unscrewed. Once removed, the top agitator half can usually be pulled straight up to access the defective components.

The clutch cam and clutch dogs usually responsible for problems should be found in the now removed upper portion of the agitator assembly.

Although just the agitator dogs are available separately, a worn cam will eventually result in the same failure again. All worn components should be replaced together to reduce the chance of the condition recurring.

http://www.american-appliance.com/old_Site/service_pages/wp_dd_wash/dddogreplacement.htm

Check the above links to know how it is to be replaced..

Apr 04, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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the bottom part of the agitator will turn, but not the top part


The agitator has two parts. One is the bottom agitator and then you have the top agitator that moves the clothes around. If the top part of the agitator is not moving. You probably need to replace the dog ears. Check the agitator dogs inside the top of the agitator, they are bad for wearing out, sometimes the agitator may only agitate one way when the dogs are worn out. This is an instruction sheet that came with the last parts I ordered for a Whirlpool/Inglis style direct drive washer agitator. If you need to replace your agitator dogs, please see this link for some repair aid. -- click on this link directly to get the detailed instruction for replacing dog ear
http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=136
to remove the whole agitator check out the instructions as follows:
(1) Kenmore washer..... Remove the agitator cap, some caps unscrew and some will just pull off. Look for a bolt and remove the bolt, lift up on the agitator...picture1, picture2.
(2) Kenmore washer.....Remove the agitator cap, some caps unscrew and some will just pull off. Look for a plastic bolt and remove the bolt, the plastic bold will have a square in the middle that the square end of the shaft of an socket extension ( or a very large flat screw driver ) will fit into the square hole to unscrew the plastic nut off...remove the upper 1/2 of the agitator....remove thebolt holding down the bottom 1/2 of the agitator, lift up on the agitator. also you can get the exact required parts from www.repairclinic.com
This will help. Thanks please keep updated. please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya.

Nov 25, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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How can one remove the agitator,it seems to move slower than it used to


If this a Whirpool manufactured washer (this includes Kenmore, Estate and Roper), the agitator can be removed by following these steps:

1, Remove the agitator center cap by either pulling straight up or gently placing a flat blade screwdriver into a slot located in the cap. Some washers will have a fabric softener dispenser on the center post.

2. If the agitator is equipped with an inner cap with a handle, remove this as well by pulling straight up.

3. Remove the center bolt of the agitator. You will have either a 7/16” hex bolt or a recessed square plastic nut. If you have the square recessed type, use a 3/8” to ½” ratchet adapter to remove.

4. Remove the agitator by grasping the bottom flange and carefully pulling straight up. Try to keep all the parts assembled while doing this, so do not pull too hard. This will make this repair much easier.

If you have questions, or need additional assistance, please let me know.

NOTE: When reinstalling the agitator make sure you do not over-tigthen the bolt. This can damage the agitator and restrict its movement. Tighten until snug.

Jul 08, 2009 | Whirlpool WTW5500ST Top-Load Washer

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i have an apron tie strap wrapped underneath the agitator in the center of the machine. How do I get the agitator off to unwrap it?


Different manufacturers have different methods of removing the agitator. Since you posted no brand name or model number of your washer, it makes it hard to determine how your's is configured. The instructions below are for a Whirlpool manufactured washing machine. (This includes Kenmore, Estate and Roper):

1, Remove the agitator center cap (or fabric softener dispenser, if equipped) by either pulling straight up or gently placing a flat blade screwdriver into a slot located in the cap.
2. If the agitator is equipped with an inner cap with a handle, remove this as well by pulling straight up.
3. Remove the center bolt of the agitator. You will have either a 7/16” hex bolt or a recessed square plastic nut. If you have the square recessed type, use a 3/8” to ½” ratchet adapter to remove.
4, Remove the entire agitator by grasping the bottom flange and carefully pulling straight up. Try to keep the upper portion of the agitator (called the auger) and parts assembled while doing this, so do not pull too hard. This will make reassembly much easier.

NOTES:

When reinstalling the agitator bolt, ensure that you DO NOT overtighten. This can damage the agitator and restrict its movement. Tighten until "snug".

When reinstalling the center post cap, make sure it is seated properly. This cap is used as an air gap to keep water out of the transmission. Failure to install correctly, can lead to leaks and potential damage to the drive components.

If your agitator is not one of the models listed above, please post back with your information, so that I may assist you better. I hope this helps you.

Jul 03, 2009 | Washing Machines

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agitator wont work, quiet hum and smell


Noises
Often something works it's way into the pump and makes a clicking or scraping noise. Another bad spot on this washer is the snubber ring that sits between the base and the drive unit.
1) Whirlpool, Inglis, (some) Kenmore washer..... Remove the agitator cap, some caps unscrew and some will just pull off. Look for a bolt and remove the bolt, lift up on the agitator...picture1picture2.
(2) Whirlpool, Inglis, (some) Kenmore washer.....Remove the agitator cap, some caps unscrew and some will just pull off. Look for a plastic bolt and remove the bolt, the plastic bold will have a square in the middle that the square end of the shaft of an socket extension ( or a very large flat screw driver ) will fit into the square hole to unscrew the plastic nut off...remove the upper 1/2 of the agitator....remove thebolt holding down the bottom 1/2 of the agitator, lift up on the agitator.

Apr 03, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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